B.E./B.Tech. DEGREE EXAMINATIONS – NOV / DEC 2020 AND APRIL / MAY 2021
Third / Fourth Semester
ME8391 - ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS
(Common to Automobile Engineering, Mechanical and Automation Engineering,
Industrial Engineering and Plastic Technology)
Time: 3 Hours Answer ALL Questions Max. Marks 100
PART- A (10 x 2 = 20 Marks)
1. What is meant by intensive property in thermodynamics? Give two examples.
2. State the significance of Zeroth law of thermodynamics.
3. A reversible heat engine is operated with an efficiency of 25%. If it is operated as
reversible refrigerator between the same temperature limits, what is its COP?
4. How does entropy of isolated system change? Why?
5. What is critical condition in phase change in thermodynamics?
6. What is the effect of reheating on network and efficiency of Rankine cycle?
7. What are the two distinct features of real gas?
8. What is the compressibility factor of Vander Walls’ gas at critical point?
9. How does gas constant depend on molecular mass of the gas?
10. What is the need for dehumidification during summer air conditioning?
PART- B (5 x 13 = 65 Marks)
11. a) i) State first law of thermodynamics and list its limitations.
ii) A fluid in a piston and cylinder executes 220+ cycles per min with four
processes. The net heat transfer during a cycle is -300kJ. Complete the
following table showing the method for each item, and compute the net rate
of work output in kW.
Process Q(kJ/min) W(kJ/min) ΔE(kJ/min)
1-2 0 4350 ?
2-3 42000 0 ?
3-4 -4200 ? -73500
4-1 ? ? ?
Question Paper Code : X10694
b) i) Derive steady flow energy equation per unit mass and show that shaft work
produced by a gas turbine is equal to the enthalpy drop across the gas
ii) A blower handles 1 kg/s of air at 293 K and consumes a power of 15kW.
The inlet and outlet velocities of the air are 100 m/s and 150 m/s
respectively. Find the exit air temperature and the pressure ratio, assuming
Adiabatic conditions. Take Cp = 1.005kJ/kg.
12. a) i) State and derive Clausius inequality.
ii) A reversible engine operates between a source at 972°C and two sinks,
one at 127°C and another at 27°C. The energy rejected is same at both the
sinks. Compute the engine efficiency. Also calculate the power and rate of
heat supply if the rate of heat rejected to each sink is100 kW.
b) i) Draw the Carnot cycle on p-V and T-s diagram and derive the efficiency of
Carnot cycle based on T-s diagram.
ii) Air flows through an adiabatic compressor at 2 kg/s. The inlet conditions
are 100 kPa and 310 K, and the exit conditions are 700 kPa and 560 K.
Consider T0 to be 298K. Determine the net rate of energy transfer and
13. a) i) Explain the use of Throttling Calorimeter to determine dryness fraction.
ii) Steam flows through a small turbine at the rate of 500 kg/h entering at 15
bar, 300°C and leaving gat 0.1 bar with 4% moisture. The steam enters at 80
m/s at a point 2 m above the discharge and leaves at 40 m/s. Compute the
shaft power assuming that the device is adiabatic but considering kinetic and
potential energy changes. Calculate the areas of the inlet and discharge tubes.
b) i) Draw Rankine Cycle on T-s and H-s diagram with steam at superheated
condition at the entry of turbine and explain the effect of super heated steam
on network and efficiency, compared to saturated steam based Rankine
ii)Steam enters the turbine at 3 MPa and 400°C and is condensed at 10 KPa.
Some quantity of steam leaves the turbine at 0.6 MPa and enters open feed
water heater. Compute the fraction of the steam extracted per kg of steam
and cycle thermal efficiency.
14. a) i) Deduce the value of Van der Waals’ constant in terms of critical
ii) Explain reduced properties and their uses in generalised compressibility
chart. List the advantages of generalized compressibility chart.
b) i) Deduce the expression for the change in internal energy with respect to
change in volume at constant temperature.
ii) The latent heat of vaporization at 1 bar pressure is 2258kJ/kg and the
saturation Temperature is 99.4°C. Calculate the saturation temperature at 2
bar pressure. Verify the same from the steam table data.
15. a) i) State Amagat’s Law and Dalton’s Law.
ii) A closed vessel has a capacity of 500 litres. It contains 20% nitrogen and
20% oxygen, 60% carbon di-oxide by volume at 100°C and 1 MPa. Calculate
the molecular mass, gas constant, mass percentages and the mass of mixture.
b) i) Define relative humidity and show on the psychrometric chart how it
changes during sensible heating, sensible cooling, humidification and
of air per minute at 35°C DBT and 50% relative humidity is cooled
to 20°C DBT by passing through a cooling coil. Determine the following:
i) Relative humidity of out coming air,
ii) Wet bulb temperature of out coming air,
iii) Capacity of cooling coil in tonnes of refrigeration, taking 14000
kJ/hr as one tonne of refrigeration.
PART- C (1 x 15 = 15 Marks)
16. a) The air speed of a turbo jet engine in flight is 270 m/s. Ambient Air
temperature is -15°C. Gas temperature at the outlet of the nozzle is 600°C.
Corresponding enthalpy values for air and gas are 260 and 912 kJ/kg
respectively. Fuel-air ratio is 0.019. Chemical energy in the fuel is 44.5
MJ/kg. Owing to incomplete combustion 5% of the chemical energy is not
released in the reaction. Heat loss from the engine is 21kJ/kg of air.
i) Draw the schematic diagram and indicate all the mass and energy
interactions taking jet engine as a system.
ii) Calculate the velocity of the exhaust jet.
iii) Also calculate the thrust per unit mass flow rate of air, given that the
thrust is the forward force on jet engine due to rate of change of
momentum of working fluid.
b) It is required to design an air-conditioning system for an industrial process
for the following hot and wet summer conditions with the use of
Outdoor conditions…………..32°C DBT and 65% R.H
Required air inlet conditions……25°C DBT and 60% R.H.
Coil dew point temperature………………13°C
The required condition is achieved by first cooling and dehumidifying and
then by heating. Hence, calculate the following:
i) The cooling capacity of the cooling coil and its by-pass factor.
ii) Heating capacity of the heating coil in kW and surface temperature
of the heating coil if the by-pass factor is 0.3.
iii) The mass of water vapour removed per hour.